First Look: OPPO Reno12 5G

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OPPO’s newest Reno phones are coming to the Philippines, and here’s a quick look at the new OPPO Reno12 5G.

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OPPO Philippines gave us a quick glimpse with a preview in June, along with a unit sent to us a few weeks back. Unboxing the device we have the usual stuff – the Reno 12, a really cool clear TPU case with ribbed back, the charging brick, a USB-C data and charging cable, a SIM tray ejector tool, and some documents.

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Our Astro Silver unit is a testament to modern design. The back shimmers with a subtle holographic effect that dances in the light with every movement. Let’s take a look around – the sides have a chromatic finish which reflect light. At the right are the volume keys and the power/lock button.

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The SIM tray, the microphone, the USB-C, and the loudspeaker are at the bottom.

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An IR blaster and another active mic is at the top. it’s also worth noting that they pierced another set of holes here for the other loudspeaker.

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At the front is the gorgeous dual curved AMOLED display, with a punch hole at the top-middle part for the selfie camera.

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The back has the triple rear camera protruding at the back, with the protruding area having braided-like edges that make it separated from the flowy back panel. The three camera modules each have their chrome embellishments, too, which also protrude from the camera area.

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The OPPO Reno12 5G feels like an extension of yourself, comfortable to hold and undeniably eye-catching. But the beauty of the Reno12 5G goes beyond its sleek exterior. OPPO has equipped it with a suite of AI features that elevate your phone experience in powerful ways.

The AI Studio mode is your gateway to a world of creative possibilities. It’s more than just a collection of run-of-the-mill filters – it’s a pocket-sized photo studio at your fingertips.

Imagine capturing a stunning portrait with a dreamy background, or adding a pop of color to a black and white scene for a graphic touch. AI Studio puts these tools and a range of other effects at your disposal, letting you unleash your inner artist and transform everyday moments into extraordinary shots. AI Studio has something to suit your mood or peg.

Beyond the creative realm, AI also plays a significant role in keeping you connected. The phone utilizes AI Linkboost, a technology that acts like a virtual signal guardian angel. Running silently in the background, AI Linkboost intelligently scans for the strongest possible signal, whether you’re navigating the crowded labyrinth of a city center or exploring a remote area with unreliable reception. This means you can confidently chat with friends across the globe, without worrying about dropped calls or frustrating buffering. The AI Linkboost ensures you stay seamlessly connected, wherever life takes you. No more scrambling for a signal bar – the Reno 12 5G has your back, or should we say, your connection.

The OPPO Reno12 5G isn’t just about flashy looks and clever AI tricks; it’s backed by powerful internals to ensure a smooth and responsive user experience. While we haven’t had a chance to extensively test the phone’s performance yet, its performance is something to look forward to since we’ve seen some internal upgrades compared to its predecessor.

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One thing’s for sure, the OPPO Reno12 5G is shaping up to be a compelling option for anyone looking for a stylish and feature-packed 5G phone. This is just a taste of what the OPPO Reno12 5G has to offer. We’ve been putting the phone through its paces for the past few days, and we’re excited to share our full review later this month.

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